The Press: Doubtful Guide

The New York Times's James ("Scotty") Reston is a sharp, Pulitzer-Prizewinning correspondent who specializes in finding out what the State Department is thinking, rather than what it is saying out loud. Armed with integrity and prestige, he has ready access to most of the department's top brass, plenty of chances for "guidance" talks when he wants them.

Last week Scotty Reston passed along some exclusive and startling guidance to his readers: Secretary of State Acheson had reversed his policy on China. "Last January," Reston wrote, "Secretary of State Dean Acheson was ridiculing the...

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